Internet Gold Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

November 10, 2011

Internet Gold Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

 

–          Business Plan Continues to Progress Ahead of Schedule –

–          Another Stable Quarter For Bezeq –

 

Ramat Gan, Israel – November 10, 2011 – Internet Gold Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market and TASE: IGLD) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 and its cash position and loan repayment status as of September 30, 2011.  

 

Bezeq: Another Strong Quarter

The Bezeq Group reported another strong, stable quarter, delivering revenues of NIS 2.9 billion (US$ 781 million) and operating profit of NIS 944 million (US$ 254 million) for the period. Bezeq’s EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 totaled NIS 1.3 billion (US$ 350 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 44.6%.

 

Continued Ahead-Of-Schedule Progress for the Company’s Subsidiary Financing Plan

On October 5, 2011, Internet Gold’s subsidiary, B Communications Ltd., received a dividend from Bezeq totaling NIS 464 million (US$ 125 million). The dividend consisted of:

 

  • A current dividend of NIS 308 million (US$ 83 million), representing the Company’s share of Bezeq’s net profit for the first half of 2011; and

 

  • A special dividend of NIS 156 million (US$ 42 million), the second of six equal special dividends. As declared by Bezeq’s Board of Directors and approved by the Israeli Court, special dividends totaling approximately NIS 3 billion are to be paid with no interest or index adjustments on a semi-annual basis through 2013.  

 

B Communications used this dividend for two purposes: (1) payment of NIS 238 million (US$ 64 million) of its current loan repayment commitment; and (2) pre-payment of an additional NIS 226 million (US$ 61 million) to banks, thereby reducing the size of the final “bullet” repayment that is due at November 2016, and saving related future interest expenses.

 

Cash Position

As of September 30, 2011, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents totaled NIS 437 million (US$ 117 million), and its unconsolidated gross debt was NIS 1.2 billion (US$ 323 million).  

 

Internet Gold’s Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data*

 

 

 

As of September 30, 2011

 

 

(NIS millions)

(US$ millions)

Short term liabilities

 

153

41

Long term liabilities

 

1,047

282

Total liabilities

 

1,200

323

Cash and cash equivalents

 

437

117

Total net debt

 

763

206

 

 

 

 

* Does not include the balance sheet of B Communications.

 

 

Internet Gold Third Quarter Consolidated Financial Results

Internet Gold’s revenues for the third quarter were NIS 2,917 million (US$ 786 million), a decrease of 4% compared with NIS 3,053 (US$ 822 million) million reported in the third quarter of 2010. For both the current and the prior-year periods, Internet Gold’s revenues consisted almost entirely of Bezeq’s revenues.

 

Internet Gold’s net loss attributable to the Company’s owners for the third quarter totaled NIS 52 million (US$ 14 million) compared with net profit of NIS 8 million (US$ 2 million) in the third quarter of 2010. This net loss reflected the impact of two significant expenses:

 

  • Amortization of tangible and identifiable intangible assets resulting from the Bezeq acquisition: According to the rules of business combination accounting, the total purchase price of Bezeq was allocated to Bezeq’s tangible and identifiable intangible assets based on their estimated fair values as determined by an analysis performed by an independent valuation firm. During the third quarter of 2011, the Company’s subsidiary, B Communications, recorded NIS 348 million (US$ 94 million) in amortization expenses related to the Bezeq purchase price allocation (“Bezeq PPA”). B Communications is amortizing certain of the acquired identifiable intangible assets in accordance with the economic benefit expected from such assets using an accelerated method of amortization.  

 

Bezeq PPA amortization expense is a non-cash expense which is subject to adjustment. If, for any reason, the Company finds it necessary or appropriate to make adjustments to amounts already expensed, it may result in significant changes to future financial statements.

 

  • Financial expenses: B Communications’ financial expenses for the third quarter totaled NIS 93 million (US$ 25 million). These expenses consisted primarily of interest on the long-term loans incurred to finance the Bezeq acquisition, which totaled NIS 72 million (US$ 20 million), and expenses related to B Communications’ debentures, which totaled NIS 12 million (US$ 3 million). In addition, Internet Gold incurred financial expenses totaling NIS 24 million (US$ 6 million), primarily attributable to the interest payments made during the period to holders of its two series of debentures.

 

Internet Gold Unconsolidated Financial Results

To provide investors with transparent insight into its business, the Company has also provided its results on an unconsolidated basis. Internet Gold’s interest in B Communications’ net income is presented as a single line item in the unconsolidated table below:

 

 

Internet Gold’s Unconsolidated Financial Results

 

 

 

Q3 2011

 

 

(NIS millions)

(US$ millions)

Revenues

 

Financial expenses

 

(24)

(6)

Other expenses

 

(2)

(1)

Interest in Bcom’s net loss

 

(26)

(7)

Net loss

 

(52)

(14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Mr. Doron Turgeman, the recently-appointed CEO of Internet Gold, said, “During the third quarter, we continued to focus on the smooth execution of B Communications’ accelerated loan repayment plan. To date, it has repaid approximately NIS 2 billion (US$ 539 million) of its total bank debt, including NIS 1,683 million (US$ 453 million) of principal and NIS 313 million (US$ 84 million) of interest and CPI-linkage expenses. In parallel, we continue to be very pleased with developments at Bezeq, and therefore feel favorably positioned to carry out our plans.”

Bezeq Group’s Q3 Financial Results

 

To provide further insight into its results, the Company has provided the following summary of the consolidated financial report of the Bezeq Group’s quarter ended September 30, 2011. For a full discussion of Bezeq’s results for the quarter, please refer to http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

 

Revenues of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2011 amounted to NIS 2.9 billion, a decrease of 3.8% compared with the third quarter of 2010. Revenues from Bezeq Fixed-line operations and from Pelephone were adversely affected by the reduction of mobile termination rates to the cellular networks commencing January 1, 2011. The decrease in revenues was partially offset by growth in Pelephone’s equipment sales revenues.

 

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group amounted to NIS 944 million in the third quarter of 2011, a decrease of 3.6% compared with the third quarter of 2010. EBITDA for the third quarter was NIS 1.30 billion (EBITDA margin of 44.6%), a decrease of 2.1% compared with the third quarter of 2010 (EBITDA margin of 43.8%). The decrease in these profitability indices is primarily due to intensifying competition in the cellular market.

 

Net profit attributed to the shareholders of Bezeq in the third quarter of 2011 amounted to NIS 550 million, a decrease of 6.5% compared with the third quarter of 2010. The decrease is primarily attributable to a rise in finance expenses due to the increase in debt.

 

Since the beginning of the year, cash flows from operating activities has decreased by 21.1% compared with the corresponding period and amounted to NIS 2.3 billion, mainly due to the sharp rise in sales of smartphones resulting in a  significant increase in payment to suppliers while customer payments for these phones is made in 36 installments.

 

Gross investments (CAPEX) in the third quarter of 2011 amounted to NIS 437 million, an increase of 14.7% compared with the third quarter of 2010. The increase is primarily attributable to the investment by Bezeq International in a submarine cable. The CAPEX to sales ratio was 15% in the third quarter of 2011, compared with 12.6% in the corresponding quarter of 2010.

 

On September 30, 2011, the gross financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 9.6 billion, compared with NIS 5.7 billion on September 30, 2010. The increase is due to the incurrence of NIS 4.7 billion of debt, of which NIS 2.7 billion was recorded in the third quarter of 2011. Conversely, NIS 0.8 million debt was repaid.

 

On September 30, 2011, the net financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 6.0 billion, compared with NIS 4.3 billion on September 30, 2010. At the end of September 2011, the ratio of net debt to EBITDA of the Bezeq Group was 1.24, compared with 0.91 at the end of September 2010.

 

 

 

Notes:

  1. A.     Convenience Translation to Dollars: For the convenience of the reader, the reported NIS figures of September 30, 2011 have been presented in millions of U.S. dollars, translated at the representative rate of exchange as of September 30, 2011 (NIS 3.712 = U.S. Dollar 1.00). The U.S. Dollar ($) amounts presented should not be construed as representing amounts receivable or payable in U.S. Dollars or convertible into U.S. Dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

 

B.     Use of non-IFRS Measurements: We and the Bezeq Group’s management regularly use supplemental non-IFRS financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions. We believe these non-IFRS financial measures provide consistent and comparable measures to help investors understand the Bezeq Group’s current and future operating cash flow performance. These non-IFRS financial measures may differ materially from the non-IFRS financial measures used by other companies.

 

EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure generally defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Bezeq Group defines EBITDA as net income before financial income (expenses), net, impairment and other charges, expenses recorded for stock compensation in accordance with IFRS 2, income tax expenses and depreciation and amortization. We present the Bezeq Group’s EBITDA as a supplemental performance measure because we believe that it facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structure, tax positions (such as the impact of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age of, and depreciation expenses associated with, fixed assets (affecting relative depreciation expense).
 
EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other statement of operations or cash flow data prepared in accordance with IFRS as a measure of profitability or liquidity. EBITDA does not take into account our debt service requirements and other commitments, including capital expenditures, and, accordingly, is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for discretionary uses. In addition, EBITDA, as presented in this press release, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the way that these measures are calculated.
 

Reconciliation between the Bezeq Group’s results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis is provided in a table immediately following the Bezeq Group’s consolidated results. Non-IFRS financial measures consist of IFRS financial measures adjusted to exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, as well as certain business combination accounting entries. The purpose of such adjustments is to give an indication of the Bezeq Group’s performance exclusive of non-cash charges and other items that are considered by management to be outside of its core operating results. The Bezeq Group’s non-IFRS financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable IFRS measures, and should be read only in conjunction with its consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.

Internet Gold is a telecommunications-oriented holding company which is a controlled subsidiary of Eurocom Communications Ltd. Internet Gold’s primary holding is its controlling interest in B Communications Ltd. (TASE and Nasdaq: BCOM), which in turn holds the controlling interest in Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Israel’s largest telecommunications provider (TASE: BZEQ). Internet Gold’s shares are traded on NASDAQ and the TASE under the symbol IGLD. For more information, please visit the following Internet sites:

 

www.eurocom.co.il

 www.igld.com

 www.bcommunications.co.il

 www.ir.bezeq.co.il

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the industry, changes in the regulatory and legal compliance environments, the failure to manage growth and other risks detailed from time to time in B Communications’s filings with the Securities Exchange Commission.  These documents contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements.  Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.  We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Idit Cohen – IR Manager

idit@igld.com / Tel: +972-3-924-0000

 

Investor relations contacts:

Mor Dagan – Investor Relations

mor@km-ir.co.il / Tel: +972-3-516-7620

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.

 

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

September 30

September 30

September 30

December 31

 

2011

2011

2010

2010

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 1,722 

 464 

 1,796 

 404 

Investments including derivatives

 2,721 

 733 

 643 

 1,029 

Receivables in respect of series C debentures

– 

– 

169 

– 

Trade receivables

 3,007 

 810 

 2,747 

 2,701 

Other receivables

 234 

 63 

203 

 228 

Inventory

 199 

 54 

 178 

 177 

Current tax assets

 2 

 1 

 – 

 3 

Assets classified as held-for-sale

 113 

 30 

 30 

 219 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 7,998 

 2,155 

 5,766 

 4,761 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments including derivatives

115 

 31 

 134 

 129 

Long-term trade receivables and other receivables

 1,594 

 429 

 1,073 

 1,114 

Property, plant and equipment

 7,392 

 1,991 

 5,534 

 7,392 

Intangible assets

 8,342 

 2,247 

 14,897 

 9,163 

Deferred and other expenses

 385 

 104 

 670 

 423 

Investments in equity-accounted investee

 

 

 

 

 (mainly loans)

 1,031 

 278 

 1,111 

 1,084 

Deferred tax assets

 218 

 59 

 334 

 254 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

 19,077 

 5,139 

 23,753 

 19,559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 27,075 

 7,294 

 29,519 

 24,320 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.

 

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

September 30

September 30

September 30

December 31

 

2011

2011

2010

2010

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Short-term bank credit, current maturities of

 

 

 

 

 long-term liabilities and debentures

 1,567 

 422 

1,661

1,501

Trade payables

 919 

 248 

1,103

1,066

Other payables including derivatives

 1,108 

 299 

953

817

Dividend payable

1,542 

 415 

891

Current tax liabilities

432 

 116 

437

346

Deferred income

 52 

 14 

32

34

Provisions

 220 

 59 

295

251

Employee benefits

 467 

 126 

351

269

Liabilities classified as held-for-sale

– 

– 

21

Total current liabilities

 6,307 

 1,699 

5,723

4,305

 

 

 

 

 

Debentures

6,445 

1,736 

 3,528 

 3,546 

Bank loans

 6,876 

 1,852 

 6,284 

 6,138 

Loans from institutions and others

548 

 148 

 540 

 541 

Dividend payable

 771 

 208 

 – 

 – 

Employee benefits

 271 

 73 

 298 

 305 

Deferred income and other liabilities

 156 

 43 

 44 

 150 

Provisions

 70 

 19 

 68 

 69 

Deferred tax liabilities

 1,249 

 336 

 2,444 

 1,555 

Total non-current liabilities

 16,386 

 4,415 

 13,206 

 12,304 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 22,693 

 6,114 

 18,929 

 16,609 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity attributable to Company’s

 

 

 

 

 shareholders

 (14) 

 (4) 

455 

295 

Non-controlling interest

 4,396 

 1,184 

 10,135 

 7,416 

Total equity

4,382 

 1,180 

 10,590 

 7,711 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

 27,075 

 7,294 

 29,519 

 24,320 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

 

 

Nine months period ended

Three months period ended

Year ended

 

September 30,

September 30,

December 31,

 

 

Convenience

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation

 

 

translation

 

 

 

 

into

 

 

into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

2011

2011

2010

2011

2011

2010

2010

 

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

Revenues

8,726

2,351

5,658

2,917

786

3,053

8,732

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

2,113

569

1,062

714

192

577

2,295

Salaries

1,626

438

934

551

149

495

1,500

General and operating                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 expenses

3,452

930

2,380

1,184

319

1,291

3,711

Other operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (income), net

277

75

(113)

1

(59)

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,468

2,012

4,263

2,450

660

2,304

7,503

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

1,258

339

1,395

467

126

749

1,229

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing expenses, net

473

127

369

186

50

180

389

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income after financing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 expense, net

785

212

1,026

281

76

569

840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share in losses of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

equity-accounted investee

203

55

154

66

18

71

235

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income tax

582

157

872

215

58

498

605

Income tax

340

92

357

136

37

189

385

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

242

65

515

79

21

309

220

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Owners of the Company

(149)

(40)

(69)

(52)

(14)

8

(209)

  Non-controlling interest

391

105

584

131

35

301

429

Net income

242

65

515

79

21

309

220

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) per share,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 basic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share

(7.94)

(2.14)

(3.63)

(2.82)

(0.76)

0.42

(11.11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) per share,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 diluted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share

(8.00)

(2.16)

(3.63)

(2.84)

(0.77)

0.42

(11.23)